The homeowners’ association is the governing power in villages and housing communities. Just like direct supervisors, the homeowners’ association oversees every activity and social concern within the boundaries of its jurisdiction. The association deals with each concern by creating village or communal laws catered to its community. It can also hand out restrictions regarding the use of the community’s facilities. With legislative powers given by the state, the homeowners association governs and serves the people just like a local government. It is a figure of authority and power regardless of the size of its community. No wonder a lot of people want the title of President of the Homeowners Association. Here are the ten best ways for you to grab that locally prestigious title:
10. A Good Neighbor Reaps Good Rewards
Having conversation with neighbors
Being a good neighbor is usually the starting point to earning a good image around a community. By showing kindness to your next door neighbors, you get to have weekend cookouts, friendly chats, random rounds of gossip and avid supporters in the next election for the presidency of the homeowners’ association. If your neighbors are influential, then your good reputation will spread throughout the community like an uncontrollable epidemic. If you don’t win the presidency, you’ll still have your good neighbors to console you for your loss.
9. Treat Blue Collared Workers with Respect
The Security Guy
Even if they are not part of the election process itself, a community’s set of blue collared workers can certainly influence the outcome of the homeowners’ association’s presidential election. Workers, like security guards, gardeners and household help interact within several households of a community. During their free time, they tell tales to their fellow workers about their jobs and how their employers treat them. Other workers then relay some of those stories to their employers, who are household owners. This can either be beneficial or harmful to your campaign, depending on how you treat those workers. For a squeaky clean image, treat those people with the respect and courtesy that they deserve.
8. Market Your Plans for the Community
Telling his community plans
Newspapers often report the plans stated by each campaigner in the national elections. You can apply the same strategy by telling your friends and neighbors about your excellent plans. It’s highly advisable that you subtly insert them in your regular conversations so you will look sincere. Formally presenting your plans to them can make it seem that you’re after their votes and not their company.
(You could bulk up the association’s budget by following these Fundraising Ideas.)
7. Befriend the Most Influential People
The Mr Richie Old man
Rich, famous and charismatic people can influence a large number of people with their key characteristics. Their peers hold them in high regard and value their opinions greatly. Having them as your friends can boost your campaign since a lot of people revere them like modern day saints. What’s good about this tactic is that all you need to do is be kind to these individuals and they’ll be making exaggerated stories about your everyday life.
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6. A Rumormonger can be an Ally
Developing an Ally relationship
Rumormongers are the second most hated individuals in a community. Unfortunately, the victims of their rumors take the top spot in the most hated list. These people have noses that can sense rumors that they can spread throughout the community. You can make an acquaintance out of a rumormonger and use him to spy on your opponents in the election. This could have been the number one tactic in this list, but rumormongers cannot be trusted since they can turn on you.
5. A Rumor Can Make or Break a Personality
Sometimes, ethics can get in the way of your presidency, especially if you foresee a closely contested electoral race. If your opponents have better or cleaner images than yours, then it’s time to create believable stories about their supposed misdeeds. You can ingeniously craft drug-related tales, tales about their abusiveness towards family members and co-workers and the ever reliable tales about racism. Of course, it’s not your job to spread these tales. You can contact a rumormonger and tell him that you heard them from random people in your community. If your ploy works, your opponents will look like hypocrites to the entire community.
4. Be Visible at Every Community Event
Always preseent in every events
How can anyone vote for you if they have no idea on who you are? Just like branded clothing, people usually vote for people that they see and remember. You can interact with most of the people in your community through those events and sweet talk your way to their hearts. A simple conversation can give people hints about your personality. If you present yourself well, people will buy your good image and vote for you.
(Build your reputation by following these Top Ten Best Ways To Reach Out To The Needy.)
3. Spread the Dirt of the Opposition
Giving her some news
The main drawback of spreading rumors is that your credibility will be shattered if the community finds out that your stories are false. Instead of throwing around false stories, you can dig up the real personal faults and flaws of your opponents. You can hold secret meetings with their personal enemies and find the skeletons in their closet. If you fail to find significant flaws in your opponent, you can research the lives of their offspring through social networking websites. Dastardly kids can always reflect the flawed parenting style of your opponents. Once again, you can rely on the rumormonger to spread the dirt that you were able to dig up.
2. Outshine your Opponents
Speaking to the people
The power of communication can never be questioned when striking a point or delivering a message. Don’t give your opponents the chance to express themselves during community gatherings. When a point is addressed by the current board, you can take the words from your opponent’s mouths by delivering lengthy litanies that cover everything, even your opponents’ plans. You can continue this process of making yourself appear as Mr. Know-it-all by not giving your opponents the chance to speak in regular conversations with fellow homeowners during community events. You can talk continuously and switch from one random topic to another to make your opponents look like members of your audience. This will give the impression that your opponents are nowhere near your intellectual capabilities.
1. Actively Raise Issues and Concerns
Asking for their votes
The best method for winning the presidential slot in a community’s homeowners’ association is showing fellow homeowners that you echo all of their sentiments. During board meetings and community events, you can raise the concerns stated by most people in your community. Be prepared with a proposed solution for most of the issues that you will raise to boost your credibility. Once other homeowners notice your participation in raising community issues, they will feel that you can completely relate to them. In their minds, you’ll be the best option for the betterment of the community.
Winning the presidential elections for your community’s homeowners’ association entails a lot of responsibilities. You may devise all of the best plans in winning the presidential race but if you fail to deliver once you are elected president, you can be ousted by your board at any time. Winning the presidency is just half of the challenge at hand.